Careers in Animal Control

Metro Animal Services employs 20 Animal Control Officers (ACO). Our ACOs work tirelessly to help protect the pets and people of Louisville Metro. Although we do not have an open and continuous application process for ACOs, we do have occasional openings, which can be viewed by visiting the Louisville Metro HR job listings page


Some job duties of an ACO include:

  • Investigates complaints from the public concerning unrestrained, unlicensed, uncontrolled, abandoned, dangerous, nuisance, injured or sick animals and collects evidence including witness statements, photographs, and other pertinent information
  • Prepares and issues uniform citations, violation notices, warnings, quarantines, and search warrants 
  • Captures and impounds animals with a net, rope, trap, food, other equipment or other technique or method 
  • Communicates with and explains to pet owners the animal control operations, procedures, laws, fees and services, traps, pet owner responsibilities, and general care of animals 
  • Prepares investigative and other reports, compiles evidence should legal action be taken and testifies in court

Requirements for application:

  • Associate’s degree in Animal Science, Criminal Justice, or related field
  • One year of animal care or animal handling experience
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must not have been convicted of a felony
  • Must be on 24 hour call
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Must possess EBI (euthanasia by injection) certification issued by the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners, or obtain within 6 months of employment
  • Must complete NACA (National Animal Control Association) Level I and Level II training within two years of employment